Value of Arts

Today's world is obsessed with measuring the impact of every field of public (subsidised) activity. Does your project entail spending public money? Then be prepared to justify its value with numbers and facts.

While numerous studies reveal the power of culture in driving economic growth and creating jobs, it is difficult to quantify the intangible impacts of arts.

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The Hungarian government regards all autonomous organizations as a threat and is attempting to bring them under its own influence, or make their operations impossible.
How can there be an arts industry when the artist has no guaranteed income?
written by David Pleger One of the most straightforward responses to the issue of the arts, its relation to the marketplace and public funding was an initiative of the Culture Secretary of Rio de Janeiro who, in 2012, split the arts budget down the middle. One half was apportioned to the commercial sector as ‘investment’, the other to the not-for-profit sector as ‘a grant’ (without any requirements to justify its receipt). This approach seemed to balance the contesting arguments around arts funding – one that recognises art as a public good and the other that frames it as a commodity in the...
A little soupçon of beauty? Joanna Mendelssohn, Associate Professor, Art & Design: UNSW Australia There comes a time in the ancient Chinese lingering execution, lingchi or Death by a Thousand Cuts, when the prisoner begs for the final stroke to end the torture – and life. The good news is that the latest round of Australia Council four year funding grants shows that it is not there yet. Some essential visual arts publications have had their four year funding renewed, as have some exhibition spaces with a fair national spread. From looking at what has been funded (and from hearing the...
How can art and culture get the societal recognition of their importance and their function as tool for international - and transatlantic relations?
Putting art at the heart of a community enhances our lives by stirring hard-to-articulate feelings and inspiring us to look beyond what we believe to be possible and imagine a more vibrant, exciting future. It also reminds us that we’re all creative beings — and that whether we’re making art or music, telling stories or cathartically sharing in the experience, we’re all connected.
'Culture is simultaneously the art that we make but it is also the life that makes us​. When a model like creative industries comes along, it can tidy that up a little bit too much and it can slant it in one direction, particularly the economic.’
President Robert Mugabe’s statements that about $15 billion raised from diamond sales was missing has inspired veteran theatre producer and actor Silvanos Mudzvova to pen a one-man, 45-minute play titled Missing Diamonds, I Need My Share
"The vast majority of artists are now, effectively, on their own. The only courses of action are carrying on as always hoping for recognition and support form a funding system powerless to deliver it, or start the difficult task of engaging the public and developing our own capacity. It means putting our skills and our talent, our passions and moral convictions, our creativity at the service of the public..."
Published in the frame of European Cultural Foundation's Idea Camp 2015, Build the City: perspectives on commons and culture rediscovers, reframes and reconsiders previously published historical, artistic, participatory and theoretical perspectives on the subject by a wide variety of authors from different geographical and professional backgrounds. This publication presents a range of texts, studies, interviews and cultural examples of what we see happening in our cities and their wider regions across Europe: a powerful bottom-up movement led by citizens themselves, developing new...
"Art and culture are under immense threat. I am not thinking only about those sustained by public subsidy but about the fate of culture itself. Our system of collective and individual meaning-making has been given over to a market-machine for the capture of ‘profit without production’, whose dominating logic is financialisation and the battery of digitised metrics that goes along with it."

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